FAO Goodwill Ambassador brings relief to Mozambican fisherfolk


FAO Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba and others inspect one of the boats being given to Mozambican fisherfolk


At a ceremony held 5 March in Inhambane, Mozambique, FAO Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba turned over new fishing boats and nets to Mozambican fisherfolk whose livelihoods were devastated when flooding and cyclone Eline struck the country early last year.

The first of 290 boats and canoes were distributed to fishing communities throughout the country. The distribution is the final stage of an FAO project to restore fishing livelihoods in the provinces of Inhambane, Sofala and Gaza, financed by the Italian Government.

"We are here today to try and give them something back from all that was taken by the cyclone and floods," said Ms Makeba.

An active supporter of FAO's campaign against world hunger since her appointment as Goodwill Ambassador in 1999, Ms Makeba said that the rehabilitation project would enable more than 2 000 beneficiaries "to work and put food on the tables of their families."

During her stay in Mozambique, Ms Makeba has visited other FAO rehabilitation projects. One was a group of women's farming cooperatives on the outskirts of the capital that received vegetable seeds and farming tools after floods destroyed their crops and belongings.

Ms Makeba is one of six FAO Goodwill Ambassadors, together with singers Dee Dee Bridgewater and Youssou N'Dour, actresses Gina Lollobrigida and Gong Li, and Nobel Prize winner Rita Levi Montalcini.

The main purpose of the FAO Ambassador Programme is to attract public and media attention to the unacceptable situation that almost 800 million people continue to suffer from chronic hunger and malnutrition in a time of unprecedented plenty

9 April 2001

FAO Goodwill Ambassador Miriam Makeba in Mozambique participating in a boat distribution ceremony in Tofo and visiting a FAO project in Maputo (sQuicktime, 1.5 mb).

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